Qatar suspends leave for medical and administrative staff dealing with COVID-19
The Arab News reported according to media outlets, Qatar’s main healthcare provider has suspended leave for all medical and administrative staff dealing with COVID-19, as infections surge across the Gulf. The Gulf Cooperation Council states have been recording their highest numbers of new cases in months.
The Hamad Medical Corporation said in an internal memo circulated on Monday: “Due to the recent increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Qatar ... the difficult decision has been made to put on hold all approved and future employees’ leave requests for clinical and admin staff who are working in COVID-19 activities."
“This decision comes into immediate effect and until further notice.” It said staff would be compensated for working overtime, as the country gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.
Since the pandemic began, Qatar has recorded more than 248,000 infections, including 616 deaths. Monday’s tally of 343 infections was the highest since May.